The Czech Year

  • Wed Oct 3
The Czech Year
(image courtesy of Czech National Film Archive)
Jiří Trnka

Trnka established his reputation as a world-renowned master of puppet animation with his Venice prize-winning first feature, a kinetic visual symphony bursting with music and dance that celebrates the customs and folklore of the Czech people. Shown with Trnka’s short film Romance With Double Bass (1949, 13 mins). This dreamily beautiful puppet work adapts a short story by Chekhov into a magical, moonlit reverie about a musician, a princess, and a chance encounter while night-swimming.

Cosponsored with the Cornell Institute for European Studies.
The touring retrospective THE PUPPET MASTER: THE FILMS OF JIŘÍ TRNKA is produced by Comeback Company, originated at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Curated by Irena Kovarova. Films provided by the Czech National Film Archive.


DCP color
1 hour 18 minutes
release year/country
1947 Czechoslovakia